“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is the experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and each other is the bright spot of our lives.”
- p 89 Alcoholics Anonymous
Welcoming a Newcomer to the Group
Greeters play a critical role in the first experience a newcomer has to a group and to Alcoholics Anonymous. Making a newcomer feel welcome in their first experience could make all the difference on whether or not they return for another meeting.
Before the Meeting
1. Sign in to the meeting 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the scheduled meeting time.
2. Welcome attendees to the meeting, specifically looking for those that you have not seen before or may be potential newcomers to AA or to The Unfortunates Group.
3. When identifying a newcomer to AA, welcome them and let them know you are available for questions about AA, this meeting, sponsorship and can help provided them with literature like big books and pamphlets.
During the meeting
1. Be aware of potential newcomers throughout the meeting.
2. Watch the chat to answer any questions a newcomer may have and provide meeting attendance information via email.
After the Meeting
1. Stay on after the close of the meeting, announcing you are available to any newcomers to visit and help answer questions they may have after the meeting.
2. Provide newcomers with our Newcomer Packet PDF.
3. Always be prepared to discuss what AA is (The Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous) and the importance of sponsorship in the role of actively working the program of recovery and how it has helped you.
You can familiarize yourself with potential questions newcomers may have by reviewing the P-24 A Newcomer Asks.
For questions regarding Greeter roles, email firstname.lastname@example.org